There is no accommodation within the Cape Peninsula Nature Reserve but a number of beautiful picnic spots with braai facilities.
Many big baboon families make their home at the Cape. Although feeding the baboons is strictly forbidden, some visitors cannot resist the temptation of such a photo opportunity. The social order among these animals allows the highest in rank to eat first and the lower members get their turn only after him. Consequently a human who feeds the baboons is perceived to be low in the hierarchy, an assumption which is generalized and extended to the whole human race. As a result, the baboons have come to expect any human to feed them and - on refusal - become aggressive, steal food and even attack people. A sad consequence of this is that such baboons frequently have to be shot by rangers.
Left: Endless beaches at the Cape Peninsula. Top: Baboons can become a nuisance, if they have been fed.
Table Mountain National Park
Almost the whole Cape Peninsula south of Cape Town has been declared a National Park. Particularly attractive is the section between Simon's Town and Cape Point. Spring is the best time for long walks through this beautifully flowering fynbos landscape of the nature reserve on the Cape Peninsula. The reserve also protects several species of antelopes like rhebok and grysbok, reptiles and seabirds.